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Oh, beauty products, how you call my name! But does that mean you have to clean my pocketbook faster than my face?  I admit I am a Beauty Junkie. If it’s new, I have to have it.  Call it an obsession or one-sided relationship, but they make me feel pretty and that to me is the best relationship one can have.  No talking, no cooking, just straight, "Here you go, beautiful!"

Unfortunately, for most of us beauty junkies, our appetite for beauty has been suppressed by our lack of funds.  It is dark times when you can no longer buy your favorite moisturizer and have to opt for something that doesn't give your skin what it needs or deserves.  While a good moisturizer might be a hard product to substitute, I have found a few good recipes that will help quench that thirst for beauty products and save you money.  With enough savings maybe you can still afford that moisturizer.

Makeup Remover

Makeup remover, an important arsenal in any beauty junkie's makeup kit, is such a simple product but can be quite costly. This recipe can be used just for eyes or on the whole face.

  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Baby Shampoo (No Tear Formula)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  Olive Oil (You can use baby oil if you have it.)
  • Empty bottle

Combine the three ingredients and place in the bottle.  You now are the proud owner of your own makeup remover, and it cost you less than $3 dollars.  No longer do you need that expensive makeup remover because this one does the same thing.

Zit Remover

One product that we all need is a zit remover. You may not have these two ingredients in your house already, but they are both useful for a multitude of other DIY remedies so are definitely worth the small investment.

  • ¼ Cup  Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 8 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • Empty bottle

Just combine the ingredients and use as needed.  The shelf life on this is pretty indefinite, so think long term savings.  If you feel it’s too strong, dilute with a few tablespoons of water.  Just make sure that you let it sit on your face overnight to get ideal results. If need be, put a tiny Bandaid over the little monster so that it doesn't rub off.  Total cost was around $6, and you can make multiple batches.

Shaving Cream

Ahhh, silky smooth legs!  We spend a lot of money to make sure we have legs that are soft and touchable.  There are razors with lotion elements attached, wax strips, epilators, and a variety of other shaving agents that will get us from prickly to perfection, but they all come at a cost. I’ve found a recipe that makes my legs silky smooth for next to nothing.

  • 1 Cup Conditioner (I use inexpensive Suave, but you can use whatever you like.)
  • 1 Cup Shampoo (Again, I use Suave.)
  • 5 Tbsp. Of Baby Oil
  • 5 Tbsp. Of Hand Cream (Body Lotion is fine as well.)
  • Empty bottle

Put the conditioner in first, then the shampoo, and then add the baby oil and hand cream.  Shake the bottle until it's mixed well.  I recommend letting it sit for about an hour so that the ingredients can settle together.  That’s it.

"Dry" Shampoo

Dry shampoos are a lifesaver in a pinch.  Unfortunately, I haven't had much luck with many of the store-bought brands, so I searched for easy DIY recipes.  I’ve always been aware that baby powder and baking soda are good de-greasers, but they leave my fine thin hair looking a bit "gray.”  Not acceptable since I’m not even 30!

Now there are plenty of dry shampoos with dry ingredients only.  But I needed something I could spray on and go.  After all, the purpose of a dry shampoo is convenience. This shampoo acts like a dry shampoo, but, in fact, is wet and may require a quick run of the blow dryer if you wish.  I usually just let it air dry.  Just three ingredients, and you are on your way out the door with oil-free hair.

  • 1 Tbsp. of Cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp. of water
  • 1 Tbsp. of Rubbing Alcohol
  • Spray Bottle

Mix them together, and then shake them up.  You can make these in larger batches – just keep the proportions the same.  For those of you wondering if your hair will smell awful: it won’t because the alcohol is diluted by the water.  If you’re still worried, spritz your hair with your favorite perfume. I love this recipe. It’s saves me both time and money.

This has been a guest post by Christina from Lakewood, CO
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